The new #LoveLives campaign, backed by Construction News has now raised £220,000. The campaign is seeking to raise a total of £400,000 in 50 days to secure the short-term future of almost 200 people seeking apprenticeships through Building Lives.

The CITB SkillBuild awards have announced the first woman to win a prestigious newcomers award. Demi-Leigh, who is studying carpentry and joinery at Bury College, says “more young women are joining the construction industry and is proud of being the first female to scoop the New Entrant title”.

Breathe Freely is an initiative to raise awareness around the issue of lung disease and related occupational cancers in the construction industry. They strive to provide guidance, tools and resources to facilitate the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace exposures; the end goal being the implementation of a recognised management standard.

The Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) campaign now has 100 supporters following its launch 2 years ago.

The NBS have provided an overview of the new Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015, which came into effect on 6 April 2015. Sarah Fox of 500 words provides an impartial review on the new RIBA contracts.

CIOB provide a helpful summary of the 10 collaborative projects that have won funding from Innovate UK’s “Digitising the Construction Sector” programme, totaling £5.6m.

RIBAJ report on the Edge Commissions inquiry. This is an inquiry, Chaired by Paul Morrell, which is tasked with looking into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. The new report highlights the need for stronger institutions and more assertive collaboration within the industry. These recommendations co-insides with the merger announced between the National Specialist Contractors Council and the UK Contractors Group. It is hoped this merger will offer a more collective voice for the contracting supply chain in construction.


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